Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

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If you or your loved one suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, you may qualify for compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. A Philadelphia personal injury lawyer with Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC can help you pursue the money you need to heal. Let us fight to protect your health and financial future. 

Our firm has advocated for the rights of the injured in Pennsylvania since 2005. We know how to stand up to the insurance companies and get the full and fair awards our clients need and deserve. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Meet Our Attorneys

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Lawrence Kalikhman, Esquire

Lawrence Kalikhman, Esquire is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Temple University.  Mr. Kalikhman received his Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law.  He has experience in Personal Injury Litigation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Mr. Kalikhman is admitted to practice before state and federal courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Bucks County Bar Associations, as well as the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

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Eric Rayz, Esquire

Arkady “Eric” Rayz, Esquire is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Temple University.  As an undergraduate, Mr. Rayz was a recipient of the H. Thomas and Dorothy Willits Hallowell Scholarship and Temple University President’s Scholar Award.  Mr. Rayz obtained his Juris Doctorate from the James E. Beasley School of Law of Temple University, where he was a staff member and editor of the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. 

Mr. Rayz has broad experience in handling matters in federal and state courts and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations.

We Help Pedestrian Accident Victims Seek Justice

If a negligent driver hurt you, you deserve financial justice, and we can help. When you work with Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC, you can rest assured that your case is in capable hands. We provide compassionate, client-centered care to everyone who seeks our services, and we have built a reputation for achieving successful case results. 

Let our team shoulder your legal burden while you focus on recovering from your injury. Our Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyers can:

  • Investigate the accident
  • Collect evidence
  • Identify liable parties and prove they acted negligently
  • Identify and calculate your damages
  • Draft and file insurance claims and legal paperwork
  • Communicate with involved parties on your behalf
  • Track and manage deadlines
  • Aggressively negotiate for the maximum settlement possible
  • Prepare your case for civil court and represent you during a personal injury lawsuit if necessary

We Assist With Claims Involving Catastrophic and Fatal Injuries

A person on foot is no match for a moving motor vehicle. When cars strike pedestrians, victims can suffer severe and life-changing injuries. 

We know how to support seriously injured clients and how to secure compensation for catastrophic and deadly injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Loss of a limb or body part
  • Head, facial, and dental injuries
  • Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage

How to Recover Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident Injury in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is one of the few states in the U.S. that has a no-fault auto insurance system. What makes our state even more unique is our “choice” no-fault insurance options. Pedestrian accident victims may have several options for recovering compensation for car accident injuries and related expenses, including:

Medical Benefits Claims

According to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, drivers must have a minimum of $5,000 in first-party medical benefits, also called personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. This PIP coverage helps with medical expenses after a crash, regardless of the at-fault parties. 

You can file a PIP claim for pedestrian accident injuries if you hold this auto policy. Our lawyers can help you pursue a settlement up to your policy limit. 

Liability Insurance Claims 

When buying auto insurance, Pennsylvania drivers must choose between full tort and limited tort coverage. With full tort coverage, you have the unrestricted right to seek compensation from a liable driver via a claim against their auto liability insurance or a personal injury lawsuit, including awards for pain and suffering. 

If you selected limited tort coverage, you cannot recover certain damages, including compensation for pain and suffering, unless you have severe injuries and medical bills exceeding your PIP. 

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Claims

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 25 percent of pedestrian accidents involved a hit-and-run driver in 2021. If the party who hurt you fled the scene, we can help you seek compensation for bodily injuries through an uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist claim if you carry this optional insurance. 

Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help You Pursue Full and Fair Awards

Every personal injury case is different, and these unique circumstances will impact how much you can pursue. Some of these factors include the severity of your injuries, the extent of your medical treatment, and the involved insurance policies. 

In general, our Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorneys can pursue the following losses:

  • Medical expenses – including emergency transportation and treatment, hospital and doctor fees, physical therapy, rehabilitation, mobility aids, medical devices, medical equipment, and long-term nursing
  • Lost income – including wages, employment benefits, lost future earnings, and reduced earning capacity
  • Miscellaneous losses – including household services, medical travel costs, and medically necessary home and vehicle modifications
  • Pain and suffering – including mental anguish, emotional distress, scarring, disfigurement, permanent and disabling injuries, and diminished quality of life
  • Wrongful death of a loved one – including funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, and loss of your family member’s financial support, services, guidance, comfort, and society 

Our firm wants to help you secure the monetary resources you need to get your life back on track. Contact Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC today to learn more about financial recovery during a free consultation.

Proving Pedestrian Accident Liability in a Philadelphia Case

To win compensation for a pedestrian accident, you must show that the collision resulted from the actions of a negligent driver. Negligence includes:

  • Speeding
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in intersections and crosswalks
  • Driving drunk
  • Texting and driving
  • Driving distracted
  • Illegal or improper passing
  • Illegal or improper turns
  • Driving on sidewalks, in pedestrian malls, or other areas where vehicles are restricted

A lot of legwork goes into investigating a crash and building an injury claim. We can do this for you and ensure you stay updated throughout so you can make informed choices about your case. We can:

  • Review the accident scene, get photographs and videos of the area, and collect evidence and crash debris
  • Acquire police reports, medical records from hospitals and physician offices, and other documents
  • Locate and interview eyewitness
  • Request and locate available cell phone, dashcam, traffic camera, or surveillance footage of the collision
  • Consult crash medical professionals, reconstructionists, and other experts who can support your case

What Is Comparative Negligence, and How Will It Affect Your Case? 

According to 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 7102, injured parties in Pennsylvania can seek compensation from liable parties proportionate to their degree of fault. If the victim was partially to blame for the incident, this will decrease their potential compensation. 

For example, if you have $100,000 in damages but are 20 percent at fault, you would receive $80,000. Under the law, you cannot seek compensation if you are more than 50 percent responsible. 

The other party will use this modified comparative negligence system to reduce their clients’ financial responsibility. We can defend you from tactics aimed at blaming you for the accident. 

Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Data

According to the City of Philadelphia’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, a pedestrian accident injures or kills someone every six hours in the city. Furthermore, the report states that an analysis of Philadelphia pedestrian accident data from 2014 to 2018 reveals that:

  • Over two-thirds of pedestrian injury crashes occur at intersections
  • Over three-fourths of pedestrian accidents happen within 300 feet of a transit stop station
  • Nearly one-fourth of pedestrian accident fatalities occurred at intersections crossing Roosevelt Boulevard or its cross-streets
  • Many pedestrian accident fatalities also occurred on Lehigh Avenue and North Broad Street
  • Over half of all pedestrian accident fatalities happened at night between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. 
  • Over half of all pedestrian accident injuries happen between 3 p.m. and 12 a.m. 
  • Almost half of all injured pedestrians were struck by a vehicle making a turn

What To Do After a Pedestrian Accident

There are a few simple things you can do after a pedestrian accident to protect your health and your right to recover compensation. The following “do’s” and “don’ts” can help:

  • Do see a doctor immediately if you did not receive medical treatment at the time of the crash. Getting treated can prevent undiagnosed or worsening injuries and creates a medical record for your case. 
  • Do follow your physician’s orders and attend all future appointments. 
  • Do keep copies of your medical bills and any other accident-related expenses. 
  • Do keep a journal detailing your physical pain and suffering, mental and emotional state, and ways you notice your injury interfering with your daily life. 
  • Do not post about your accident or injuries on social media. 
  • Do not go into detail about your accident or admit fault if an insurance adjuster contacts you. 
  • Do not agree to give the insurance company a recorded statement
  • Do not accept an initial (often lowball) settlement offer. 

When Should You Contact a Lawyer? 

The sooner you contact our firm’s Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyers, the sooner we can get to work collecting evidence and constructing your case.

We must file your insurance claims and negotiate a settlement before Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations expires. According to 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5524(2), you have two years to pursue compensation for most personal injuries. If the deadline passes, you will lose your legal leverage over the insurance companies. 

Reach Out to Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC for Pedestrian Accident Assistance

Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC is here to provide you with powerful legal representation. Our Philadelphia pedestrian accident lawyers will work tirelessly to secure a full and fair settlement or verdict so you can concentrate on healing. 

Our team is available 24/7 to take your call and help you get started down the road to financial recovery. When you contact us, you will always speak directly with an attorney who can advise you about your legal options. Contact us online or call our number for a free consultation.


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